Wonderland Amusement Park
Preparing Enhanced Music Player
- Public Domain Mark 1.0
A 120-foot tower, lit by thousands of electric lights, was Wonderland's focal point and could be seen from a distance of five miles. Among the other attractions were a scenic railway, old mill, carousel, house of nonsense and "shoot the chutes" water ride. After the park's demise, some of its rides ended up at Excelsior Amusement Park on Lake Minnetonka. The aerial swing, however, was purchased by Marion Savage for use at Antlers Park in Lakeville. Savage, for whom the town of Savage, Minnesota is named, was the owner of the nationally celebrated racing horse Dan Patch.
One of the park’s most popular features was the "Infant Incubator Institute", whose owner, Martin A. Couney, had similar exhibits at amusement parks and expositions throughout the country and in Europe. The hospital, the only remaining structure from Wonderland, is now an apartment building at the intersection of 31st Avenue and 31st Street
In 1905 Elim Presbyterian Church sued Wonderland in an effort to close the park down. Elim, on the northwest corner of 32nd Avenue and Lake Street, was opposite Wonderland’s main entrance. It argued that the park's crowds and noise interfered with worship services. The case was settled out of court, and the owners of Wonderland had the church moved to land they had purchased at 33rd Street and 30th Avenue. The congregation, later known as Vanderburgh Presbyterian Church, continued at that location for decades, and a house of worship is found there still.
The neighborhood by the falls: a look back at life in Longfellow by Eric Hart, (Minneapolis: Longfellow Community Council, 2009), pp. 69–72.
Lost Minnesota by Jack El-Hai,
(Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2000), pp. 62-63.
Karal Ann Marling, "Thrills and nostalgia: the amusement parks of Hennepin County",
Hennepin History (Fall 1990). Vol. 49, No. 4, pp. 13–22.
Picturing the past: events that shaped Dakota County in the twentieth century by David M. Schreier, (South St. Paul: Dakota County Historical Society, 2003).
THRILLS AND NOSTALGIA: THE AMUSEMENT PARKS OF HENNEPIN COUNTY
— excerpts —
“Nowhere was the modern, scientific flavor of the pre-war amusement business more evident than in the Infant Incubator Institute, run by Dr. Martin Couney, a respectable practitioner of the day. (Popularly known as "Incubator Flats," the building is reputed to survive as an apartment house at the corner of 31st Street and 31st Avenue). For fifty cents, the visitor was allowed to examine premature babies under the good doctor's care and to marvel at the medical advances that allowed such tiny creatures to survive. Based on similar exhibits at Coney Island and the State Fair, Incubator Flats is important not because of any unique features of the local version but because it reveals the connection between the pleasure parks of the early 1900s and a special kind of thrill: the shock of the new, the excitement of progress and modernity.”
“In a way, the decline of the trolley also spelled the end of Wonderland. Modern Minneapolitans wanted paved streets for their autos, and Lake Street — always an infamous mud hole — led the list of thoroughfares slated for major improvements. Wonderland's owners could not afford the assessment levied against them for street repairs or the costs of replacing the rotting footings of some of the lofty superstructures. Several rides were condemned, and their metal fittings were melted down during a wartime scrap drive. So the lady cashiers folded up their bright Mexican costumes and the gentlemen ticket-takers at the Shoot-the-Chutes packed up their trim sailor suits. The park was closed in 1912, the lagoon was filled in, and the remaining attractions eventually found their way to Excelsior Park.”
MPEG4 FILE (VIDEO)
— Please see JPEG and PDF files for additional information —
Tracks 01-40: various artists
Tracks 01-08: marching band favorites
Tracks 09-10: Minnesota anthems
Tracks 11-39: popular songs of 1905-1911
Tracks 01-08 are from the repertoire of the Minnesota State Band, whose members performed at Wonderland during the opening weekend of the 1906 season.
Martin Couney was the owner of the “Infant Incubator Institute”.
Related Music question-dark
Versions - Different performances of the song by the same artist
Compilations - Other albums which feature this performance of the song
Covers - Performances of a song with the same name by different artists
|Hands Across The Sea|
|National Emblem March|
|Stars and Stripes Forever|
|There'll Be A Hot Time In The Old Town Tonight|
|Foshay Tower March|
|Ah, Sweet Mystery of Life|
|Alexander's Ragtime Band|
|By The Light Of The Silvery Moon|
|Come Josephine In My Flying Machine|
|Down By The Old Mill Stream|
|Everybody Works But Father|
|Everybody's Doin' It Now|
|From the Land of the Sky-Blue Water|
|I Want a Girl (Just Like the Girl That Married Dear Old Dad)|
|I Wonder Who's Kissing Her Now|
|In My Merry Oldsmobile|
|In The Land Of Harmony|
|In The Shade Of The Old Apple Tree|
|Let Me Call You Sweetheart|
|Love Me And The World Is Mine|
|Meet Me Tonight In Dreamland|
|My Gal Sal|
|Oh, You Beautiful Doll|
|On Moonlight Bay|
|On The Road To Mandalay|
|A Perfect Day|
|Shine On Harvest Moon|
|Wait 'Till The Sun Shines, Nellie|
|Where The River Shannon Flows|
|Wonderland Of Dreams|
- 2015-06-10 19:26:35.33433
- ABBYY FineReader 9.0
- abbyy-to-hocr 1.1.4
Uploaded by O. V. Kvarna on